|Posted by St Philips Theological College on July 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM|
On the 7th of June we said goodbye to 29 students, who graduated following their three years at the college. The students who graduated came from all the represented dioceses of the Anglican Church while others came from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania and the Moravian Church of Tanzania. Our Guest of Honour was scheduled to be the Deputy Speaker of the Tanzanian of the Tanzanian National Parliament and MP for Kongwa, but unfortunately he was not able to come but sent a representative MP Honourable Bura. Our main speaker was the retired Archbishop His Grace Rt Revd Donald Mtetemela who is also Chancellor for St John's University. He was also accompanied by retired Bishop His Grace Rt Revd Francis Ntiruka who is also Chaplain and Dean of Theology at St John's University of Tanzania. In his speach the Archbishop stressed on servanthood, based on the Ascension of Christ experience, saying that the disciples were given a task following the departure of Christ, and so they must be aware and prepared on the task ahead in serving the one who called them to ministry. Bishop Francis led the congregation on the Eucharist, while the representing MP acknowledged the important role played by the church in society. She pointed out that good quality pastors are needed today amidst the many challenges in modern society where social order seems to weaken, and that the pastors can have a key role to play. A choir from the Moravian Church in Mbeya added the spirit of worship and festivity. Representatives also came from the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Moravian Church Dodoma Diocese and they all took part. The students graduated in the main Theology course and the wives course while others graduated with our new degree course in Mission Leadership and Development.